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Vehicle involved in Scarborough hit-and-run found abandoned, driver identified

Last Updated Oct 16, 2019 at 9:22 am EDT

A baby suffered life-threatening injuries after three pedestrians were struck near the intersection of Pharmacy and Ellesmere. CITYNEWS/Arthur Pressick

The vehicle believed to be involved in a hit-and-run that left a 20-month-old child with serious injuries has been found abandoned and the driver has been identified.

Toronto police said the suspect Dodge Journey was located just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of St. Clair Avenue East and O’Connor Road.

Officers were also able to capture security footage of a suspect fleeing from the abandoned vehicle (pictured below) but it is unclear if he was driving it at the time of the crash. The vehicle was not reported stolen.

Security camera image of a man who abandoned a suspect vehicle in connection with a hit-and-run at Pharmacy Avenue and Ellesmere Road on Oct. 13, 2019. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

Police previously said they were looking for three persons of interest in connection with the incident: Cory Munroe, 49, Derek Desousa, 34, and Amanda Rioux, 30, all from Toronto.

On Tuesday, police identified Desousa as the driver and issued a warrant for his arrest. His whereabouts are unknown at this time.

Police said they located Rioux and Munroe and have spoken to them. They are believed to have been with Desousa prior to the crash, but were not in the vehicle during the incident.

In addition, police are looking to identify a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the collision. He is considered a person of interest and is described as a white male with a beard, wearing glasses, black pants, a grey sweater and a red hat at the time.

Police also previously said three occupants got out of the vehicle before fleeing the scene after the crash. Police released a photo of one of them who fled on foot (pictured below), southbound on Pharmacy Avenue.

Police say a man who got out of the involved vehicle and fled the scene of a hit-and-run in Scarborough is a person of interest in the ongoing investigation. HANDOUT/Toronto Police Service

The hit-and-run occurred at the intersection of Pharmacy Avenue and Ellesmere Road just before 11 a.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Police said three people — the toddler who was in a stroller as well as his 37-year-old mother and 57-year-old grandmother — were standing on the south curb when they were struck by a car travelling eastbound on Ellesmere. The driver failed to stop at a red light, crossed through the intersection and mounted the sidewalk.

As of Tuesday, the mother and grandmother are in stable condition in hospital. They both suffered a broken leg.

The toddler suffered a head injury and remains in serious condition. He is expected to recover but his prognosis is unknown at this time.